I’m not exactly sure how this happened. But somehow and some way, this Instant Pot vegan potato soup has a “meaty” flavor. Now, that is not the point – to have food taste like meat. But when eating a strict plant-based diet, I’ll take any meaty flavor I can get! And, additionally, is actually more of a potato-vegetable chowder than a soup.
Now that we’ve entered a season of plant-based eating, one of my favorite things to do is revisit old recipes I’ve created and transform them. And this vegan instant pot white bean soup has got to be one of my favorites so far.
I have to admit… I have never been a big fan of tofu. There’s something about the texture that can get weird for me. But I will say this… I have also had tofu before that was delicious. So you can rest assured that if I’m sharing a tofu recipe with you, it is going to be delicious! And this tofu stir-fry is everything: sweet, salty, spicy, and savory.
My Favorite Tofu Ever. For Real.
The secret to this dish, IMO, is the preparation of the tofu – which is obviously the star. There are three steps in the process, but it’s SO worth it once you take your first bite! There’s actual texture, not just a soft, mushy piece of soy. And the caramelized glaze can be eaten alone by the spoonful! Just make sure you use a good nonstick pan because it might stick while cooking.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Wrap tofu in a several paper towels and set a plate on top to press out excess liquid. Once dry, unwrap tofu and cut into very small cubes (about 100 pieces). Spread out evenly on the lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, until puffy and slightly crispy on the edges.
Meanwhile, add 1 Tbsp. of sesame oil, soy sauce, molasses, peanut butter, lime juice, and Sriracha to a small bowl and whisk until incorporated. Set aside.
Add baked tofu to the sauce and let marinate for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tofu and about 3 tablespoons of marinade.
Cook for about 5 minutes until browned and caramelized, stirring frequently. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add remaining marinade, broccoli, and carrots to the skillet. Cover and cook for about 4-5 minutes (until carrots are slightly tender), stirring occasionally. Then remove lid, increase heat to medium-high, and add red bell peppers. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, stirring frequently, then remove from heat.
Serve veggies in a bowl on top of white rice. Top with the caramelized tofu and crushed peanuts. Enjoy!
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I don’t know about you, but I could eat lentils for breakfast. And as a matter of fact, I often do. I’m just not a bowl of oatmeal kind of guy, even though I know I should be. Recently, my two worlds collided – switching to a plant-based diet meets using the Instant Pot for everything possible. And the first creation is this Instant Pot lentil dal. It is super easy to make and pretty much fail-proof.
Comfort Food? Yes!
When you think of comfort food, I’d be willing to bet that curry and lentils don’t come to mind. But, in my opinion, this dish is exactly what comfort food is all about. The flavors are warm and rich. And after eating a bowl, you’re left with that satisfied feeling. Isn’t that pretty much the definition? I believe that every cuisine has comfort food dishes. It’s not just mac-and-cheese and casseroles. Mmmm, casseroles…
My wife and I are in the process of switching to a more plant-based diet (personally, so far, I’ve done about 75/25). So now we will see what my chef skills are truly made of because I’m finding so many vegan/plant-based recipes that taste like… well… crap. That being said… We (with the exception of our 2-year-old daughter) could eat curry almost every day in our household. And this vegan chickpea curry is truly something special!
You Know the 1-Minute Quinoa Trick, Right?
By now, I hope you’ve all jumped on the bandwagon and purchased an Instant Pot. And here’s another reason why you should, if you haven’t already. Not only does adding quinoa to any meal dramatically increase the protein and fiber content, but (admittedly once you’re used to it) it offers a rich and nutty taste that, in my opinion, pairs especially well with curry. More often than not, when making a curry dish, I will forego the brown rice in lieu of quinoa. Plus… it takes a fraction of the time to cook. That’s a win, if nothing else.
Oh, I Almost Forgot to Tell You the Trick
Here are the measurements: 1 part quinoa. 1.5 parts liquid. 1 teaspoon salted seasoning (ie. salt, garlic salt, seasoned salt) . 1 bay leaf.
Here are the times: 1 minute of high pressure cook time. 10 minutes of natural-release pressure. Quick-release remaining pressure, remove lid, and turn off pressure cooker “keep warm” setting or it may overcook and become mushy.
14.5-ounce can tomatoes - fire roasted, petite diced, drained
13.5-ounce can coconut milk
15-ounce can chickpeas - drained
1½ tsp. sea salt
8 oz. fresh baby spinach
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then add the onion and ginger. Cook over medium-high heat until softened (about 5 minutes), stirring frequently. Then add garlic and continue cooking for about 1 minute. Add the curry powder, mix well, and cook until fragrant (less than 1 minute).
Add the tomatoes and their juices, coconut milk, and drained chickpeas; bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper and simmer over medium-low heat until slightly thickened (about 20 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Turn off heat and stir in the spinach, mixing until wilted.
Transfer to a bowl, serve, and enjoy!
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I love a great soup. And I love to cook meals where the ingredients are both seasonal and local. But since summers in Florida are so hot, I’m rarely in the mood for soup for about half the year. So this year, I’ve really been into chilled soups. I was recently asked to cook for a dinner party where the guest of honor is vegan. And since we live just a few miles from all the Zellwood Sweet Corn farms, it was a no-brainer that corn would be the star! So please allow me to introduce our latest creation: a chilled corn soup. It’s a play on creamed corn, but with a bit of coconut and a hint of spice.
Make corn stock – Put 7 corncobs (kernels removed and set aside), 4 peppercorns, 2 stems fresh parsley, 2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 bay leaf, and 6 cups cold water in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2 hours. Strain, discard solids, and set aside.
Heat 1 cup of corn stock in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 8 minutes or until onion is softened, stirring frequently.
Add corn (set ½ cup aside for garnish) and garlic, cover and cook 4 minutes.
Then add 3 cups corn stock, coconut milk, and 1 tsp. salt. Increase heat to bring to a boil, then remove from heat; discard thyme.
Place half of corn mixture in a blender. Secure blender lid on blender, but allow steam to escape. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth.
Strain corn mixture through a sieve into a large bowl; discard solids. Repeat procedure with remaining corn mixture. Chill at least 4 hours.
With extra corn kernels, place under high broiler until lightly charred.
Top soup with roasted corn, radish, cilantro, and red pepper flakes. Enjoy!
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We’re expecting 90+ degree weather this weekend. So you know what that means? The season is finally here for chilled soups! And I’m sure we can all agree that’s something to look forward to each year. This chilled and spicy avocado-cucumber soup is fresh, creamy, refreshing, and bright – with just the right amount of heat.
Well, That Was Easy!
Everyone loves a great one-pot meal. While this may not be a complete meal by itself, it literally could not be any easier to make. I mean, peel, chop, blend, chill, and serve. That’s it!
There are a few things that are worth the investment for your kitchen. One of those is a great blender! And believe if or not, that’s the only tool you’ll need to create this recipe.